Slow start, good finish on the water front

Tina Harbuck
Pete Sawicki of New York shows off his stringer filled with mingo and white snapper. He was fishing aboard the Destin Princess on Thursday with Capt. Chris McConnell. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

After a slow start, things appeared to pick up by the end of the week on the fishing front.

Boats that went out Monday struggled to get the fish to bite. The fish were showing up on the captain’s fish finder, but the fish appeared to have lock jaw or something.

However, from the looks of the stringers being hauled off the Destin Princess and Sweet Jody on Thursday afternoon, the fish finally got hungry.

The Destin Princess with Capt. Chris McConnell at the helm came in with 35 anglers who all caught something.

“Fishing’s been slow, but it was better today,” McConnell said.

“It was all right out there today … wasn’t near as rough as the forecast,” he added.

As a matter of fact his deckhand Mike Smith said, “It was pretty this morning, but it got a little choppy this afternoon.”

Nevertheless the folks brought in stringers filled with mingo, huge white snapper, and a few lane snapper and a couple of goggle eye.

George Vailas of Canada was one of the anglers to haul in some of those huge white snapper.

“I’ve been coming for the last four years,” Vailas said, noting he’s been here about six weeks.

Matt Smith of Minnesota also had a nice stringer of fish to show for his efforts.

“The weather has been just great,” Smith said as he waited in line to have his fish cleaned.

About the time the Destin Princess crew was done cleaning fish, Capt. Cliff Cox on the Sweet Jody backed in with several stringers of fish.

“We caught our limit,” Cox said.

His group of anglers brought in more mingo, white snapper and a few lane snapper as well.

As the temperature continues to warm up, the fishing should as well.

See you at the docks.